Luis Suarez scores victor as Uruguay and Russian Federation advance

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Among the challenges facing Saudi Arabia will be how to contain Luis Suarez, but Al-Jassim does not want to obsess over the influential Uruguay striker.

Sanchez and Suarez wasted half-chances to extend the lead for Uruguay, who also won their opener against Egypt 1-0 thanks to a set-piece goal, defender Jose Gimenez heading home a late victor.

Uruguay booked their place in the World Cup knockout stage along with Russian Federation on Wednesday (Jun 20), as Luis Suarez scored the victor on his 100th worldwide appearance in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don.

Suarez struck from close range in the 23rd minute for his 52nd global goal, and Uruguay hung on for a 1-0 win over the Saudis.

"His sense of responsibility is remarkable", said Tabarez of Suarez. It wasn't the most compelling performance from Uruguay, which struggled in the attack yet again, but you can't argue with back-to-back clean sheets and two wins to start the tournament. He takes on the pressure and he lives with pressure all the time and that's a very distinctive feature of Luis.

Fernando Muslera had to tip over a long-range drive from Hattan Bahebri, who then missed a fine chance in the box, as Saudi Arabia responded well to falling behind. We were very, very below our potential", said the 71-year-old "We managed to qualify for the knockout stage, that's what we wanted and really that's what we needed and Saudi Arabia could have made it hard for us.

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While Uruguay has done just enough to get past two lackluster opponents in its two Group Stage wins, there's a sense that we haven't seen the best of the South American side, that is one of just five countries to have won the World Cup a couple of times. "It's not about being young or experienced it's due to the needs of the team for this game, and according to my information this is the line-up which will best suit us", Tabarez told a news conference on Tuesday. "That is a cardinal rule for us". But they were outmatched by the Uruguayan defence and were under regular threat from Suarez and Cavani.

"The first game is over and nerves are easing a bit", the Juventus midfielder told reporters. "My aim is to stay on and to see this team grow".

"We have to fine-tune a few things, we have to work on a few aspects".

"We are anxious to change our image, we need to forget our problems and focus on the positive elements to bring happiness to the hearts of the Saudis", said Al-Jassim.

Pizzi denied reports that Saudi officials had vetoed four players from the starting lineup on Wednesday. "That's what I know".

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